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Murugan Sashti October 2022 – Kanda Sashti Fasting

The Sashti fasting on October 22 is of great importance as it is the last day of Kanda Sashti fasting and Soorasamharam. The six day Skanda Sashti fasting begins on October 26, 2022. The Murugan Sashti fasting day is on October 30. Soorasamharam ritual will also be held on the day.

Murugan Sasti, or Sashti fasting, is a monthly Hindu fasting day dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik. Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasya (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Shashti after Amavasya is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and a fast is observed on the day. 

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Singapore and South India, especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. 

Many devotees make it a point to visit Lord Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day.